Buddhist Cosmology: Philosophy and Origins

Buddhist Cosmology: Philosophy and Origins
Publisher: Kosei Publishing Company
Date: 1997-04-15
ISBN-10: 4333016827
ISBN-13: 9784333016822
Language: English
Pages: 224
Added: 2014-10-04 20:40:17

This extensively researched and illustrated volume offers Western readers a rare introduction to Buddhism’s complex and fascinating views about the structure of the universe. The book begins by clearly explaining classical cosmology, with its symmetrical, India-centered universe and multitudinous heavens and hells, and illuminates the cosmos’s relation to the human concerns of karma, transmigration, and enlightenment. It moves on to discuss the Mahayana conception of the universe as a lotus flower containing uncountable realms, each with its own buddha. Then, examining changes in the notions of hell and the gods, the author traces Buddhism’s gradual shift from a religion to a mythology. Throughout, treatment of Buddhism’s historical, geographical, and doctrinal origins complements detailed cosmological descriptions. Finally, the author shows us how this ancient philosophy resembles the modern scientific view of the cosmos, and how even today it can help us lead more fulfilling lives. Show more Show less 4fbc783967faaab103ed91968d6e569chttp://longfiles.com/h89rgy8pa9nz/Buddhist_Cosmology_Philosophy_and_Origins.azw3.html Size: (17.64 MB) File name: Buddhist Cosmology Philosophy and Origins.azw3 File size: 17.64 MB ce6d07debbd30823f783d460e9400b22http://tezfiles.com/file/c2ac53ee81ee1 Size: (17.60 MB) File name: Buddhist.Cosmology.azw3 File size: 17.60 MB